Pre-Health student brings the Penn community together to address social justice and medicine

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April 13, 2017

Victoria Moffitt, a Pre-Health Core Studies student, recently founded the Social Justice Medicine Club here at Penn. The organization hosts panels, community service events and special lectures to address issues that involve access to healthcare and social injustice. Victoria recently spoke with the Penn Pre-Health Post-Bacc Society Newsletter about what inspired her to start the club and her focus in the medical fields.

"Both of my parents are physicians, and my older sister was dead-set on medical school since babyhood. As a result, I always considered pursuing medicine, but I feared that my inclination toward the field was due to its familiarity; I didn’t want to become a doctor merely because everyone else in my family did so. I chose to explore other interests in my undergraduate education here at Penn, as a double major in English and Spanish. But my parents had always instilled in me the importance of a career that is dedicated to helping others. I took a winding path exploring this calling, first taking courses and internships in journalism, and then in nonprofit work. I also spent one summer interning at a gynecologists’ office. After investigating my interests in other fields, I was finally able to determine that medicine was truly the best fit for me—not due to my family history, but rather due to my personal strengths and desires. Immediately after graduation, I joined Penn’s Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Program as a core studies student.

My time studying nonprofit work engrained in me a passion for social justice—which is what motivated me to found the Social Justice Medicine Club. We are a student group that explores the intersection of social justice and healthcare through speakers, panels, and community service events. Our amazing executive board is hard at work organizing these events now! I’m also very excited to serve as vice president for the Penn Future Women in Health Club, which empowers women in the field through networking, roundtables with physicians and shadowing opportunities. I hope to continue investigating these issues of justice and medicine as I work towards completing community-based research in resource-poor regions of Guatemala this summer."

For more information, e-mail the Social Justice Medicine Club and the Penn Future Women in Health Club.

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